November 11, 2018
Nearly 85% of adult Americans suffer from some form of periodontal (gum) disease. One of the best ways to reverse this alarming trend is through better education. This starts with getting an understanding of what contributes to the condition as well as learning how to recognize the warning signs. When it comes to periodontal disease, there are 3 important questions that must be answered. Read on to find out what they are, and get the answers you need.
#1 – What is Periodontal Disease?
When the gums become inflamed, red, irritated, puffy or bleed easily, periodontal disease is often the cause. It is brought on by the accumulation of bacteria that have, over time, worked their way beneath the gum line to cause pockets of germs to form.
While prevention is the absolute best way to treat the condition, it helps tremendously to be better educated about the disease so you can respond swiftly and effectively if you develop it.
#2 – What are the Stages of Periodontal Disease?
The first phase of periodontal disease is gingivitis, at which point you may notice some of the above-mentioned warning signs. This is the optimal time to seek treatment because the damage done can be reversed, sometimes by simply making improvements in your oral hygiene frequency and techniques.
If allowed to linger, the condition can advance to periodontitis, which is a more acute phase where you may notice pus drainage that causes a foul taste, mouth sores or loose teeth. One of the common ways to treat the disease when it reaches this level of severity is for your dentist to perform a scaling and root planing procedure, which involves the removal of bacteria from beneath the gums and the smoothing of your teeth roots.
#3 – How Can Periodontal Disease be Prevented?
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to take a proactive approach to your oral health. Here are two key steps you can take:
- Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene – The American Dental Association suggests brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice daily. By consistently following this regimen, you’ll be able to rid your mouth of harmful bacteria that could lead to gum issues.
- Maintain Regular Dental Visits – Along with performing excellent oral hygiene, you should also maintain regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and checkups. These appointments will allow the professional to spot any developing issues and remove bacteria before they can travel beneath your gumline.
So to get on track with better oral health before the year ends and prevent the development of periodontal disease, reach out to your local dentist to schedule your first visit today.
About the Author
Dr. Gabriel Ruiz earned his dental degree from the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Since then, he has remained dedicated to expanding his knowledge and further sharpening his skills so he can help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Ruiz also treats gum disease at Drum Point Family and Implant Dentistry, and he can be reached for more information through his website.
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